Correspondance adressee a Berthe Schuster, marraine de guerre [Correspondence addressed to Berthe Schuster, war godmother]
- 1912 - 1919
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0.32 Cubic Feet (1 cardfile box (12.5 x 8.5 x 5.25 inches))
Biographical / Historical
Starting in the spring of 1915, some women in unoccupied France volunteered for the role of "war godmothers," marraines de guerre. A stunted government infrastracture and an insufficient mailing system meant that thousands of French soldiers could have no contact with home. To provide the moral support these men, so-called "war orphans," could not receive from their families, women in unoccupied areas became pen pals and a welcoming presence away from the battle front when the soldiers received leave. Berthe Schuster was one of these war godmothers, and lived during the war on 51 Malakoff Avenue in Paris.
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